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Arizona Selects Solbach in MLB Draft

June 8, 2007
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Michael Solbach was taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 19th round of today's Major League Baseball Draft.

Michael Solbach was taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 19th round of today's Major League Baseball Draft.

Liberty right-hander Michael Solbach was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 19th round of the Major League Baseball Draft this afternoon.

Solbach, who just completed his redshirt junior season, was the draft's 583rd pick overall. It is the second straight year the Diamondbacks selected the hurler. Arizona drafted the 6-3, 185-lb. right-hander in the 48th round of the 2006 draft, but he decided to return to Liberty for another year.

This past season, Solbach posted a 7-2 mark with a 3.46 ERA, while striking out 54 and walking 27 in 80.2 innings. For the third straight season, he was among the Big South Conference leaders in wins and ERA. He capped off his Flames career by being named to the 2007 Big South All-Tournament team after limiting Winthrop to four hits over seven innings in Liberty's 11-0 victory, moving the Flames into the Championship Game.

Solbach finishes his Liberty career with 22 wins, tying him with former Flames Nile Creekmore and Alex Dooley for fifth place on the school's all-time list. In three seasons, he appeared in 46 games, posting a 22-10 mark and a 4.03 ERA.

With Solbach's selection, Liberty has now had players taken in every Major League Baseball Draft since 1999.

The draft, which held its first five rounds on Thursday, concluded with the final 45 rounds today.